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Anzac day commemoration - 2011
April 24, 2011
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http://www.awmlondon.gov.au/

More than 100,000 Diggers are expected to march in Anzac Day ceremonies across Australia, although organisers are expecting smaller crowds than usual because of the Easter long weekend.

The NSW branch of the RSL is planning for 20,000 serving and retired soldiers to march through the streets of Sydney, while in Perth, organisers are aiming to attract a crowd of 50,000 soldiers and spectators.

Victorian organisers of the Melbourne march are predicting smaller numbers of about 15,000 people to watch and participate in the Swanston Street event, which this year has banned the use of trucks after a vintage World War II vehicle veered into a group of veterans during last year's march.

In Brisbane, 15,000 people are expected to march, while the Queensland branch of the RSL is estimating a crowd of 50,000 people will line the streets to watch the procession.

The national secretary of the RSL, Derek Robson, said there might be a slightly lower turnout at Anzac Day marches and dawn services this year because the commemoration coincided with the Easter long weekend.

"Hopefully people will find time for both Easter and Anzac Day -- that's what's important," Mr Robson said.

"Of course, some people will lean more towards one than the other, but I would think that to the average Australian, Anzac Day is so important and just part of each one of us that we'll continue to find time for that."

Julia Gillard, who is touring north Asia, will mark Anzac Day at the War Memorial of Korea in the South Korean capital, Seoul.

The Prime Minister yesterday led a memorial service for the 32 Australians who died in the Battle of Kapyong 60 years ago, and last night hosted a dinner for Australian Korean War veterans.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd will today honour the Australians who fell on the battlefields of the Western Front at the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme region of northern France.

Mr Rudd will meet Australian pilgrims to the commemoration, and attend a ceremony at Bullecourt, the site of two of the bloodiest battles involving Australians on the Western Front 94 years ago.

Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in January, will join the march in Sydney, alongside his peers from the SAS Association's NSW branch.

This Anzac Day marks 110 years since the formation of the Australian Army, and 70 years since the Siege of Tobruk in Libya, where 14,000 Australian soldiers held off advancing Axis forces for seven months in 1941.

Among the Rats of Tobruk from the Ninth Division marching in Sydney today is Olof Isaksson, who turns 94 in June and has vivid memories of his time in the desert of north Africa between April and September of 1941. "Conditions were pretty terrible," Mr Isaksson told The Australian yesterday.

"Dust was our worst enemy -- dust and fleas. It used to be a nightly routine to take your shirts and pants off and de-flea them.

"We had to exist on one water bottle a day, and from that we had to wash, clean teeth and shave."

It was dangerous, Mr Isaksson said, "living under constant shelling and bombing".

"There was only one day between April 10th and October 20th when there wasn't an air raid."

But both sides learned to live with the conflict, he said.

"Up on the western end, the Germans and ourselves called a two-hour halt, just after dark, so we could both eat our meals, and then they would start shooting again after the break -- it was very civilised up there."

April 24, 2011
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I hereby give props. to the Rats of Tobruk and hope the Anzac Day ceremonies are a great success; without vehicles veering into the marchers this time. :wtf:

The last paragraph reminds me of an old Paul McCartney video. Anybody remember what the song was?

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April 25, 2011
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Thousands gather at Shrine of Remembrance for Anzac Day dawn service

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/specia ... 6044248781

April 25, 2011
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"Up on the western end, the Germans and ourselves called a two-hour halt, just after dark, so we could both eat our meals, and then they would start shooting again after the break -- it was very civilised up there."

I saw a movie, based on a true story about this kind of thing, once.
The soldiers from both sides celebrated Christmas night togther.
They even shared supplies.
It was a famous battle and story..but I forget the name.
It happened around some old church..in Germany, I think.

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